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Waco & Ann Porter
Our friendship began with Steve &Elaine in Yuma, Arizona as next door neighbors. Their friendship and such was phenomenal with Steve teaching Waco to be the best SNCO he could be. Snd Elaine teaching Ann to be a good Marine wife. Their friendship lasted a lifetime and we will miss knowing they are not here. Beijing a Marine family is extraordinary. It’s a family affair. And once we bond the ties are never broken. So Kmeicik sons and family, don’t forget that we love you as we loved your parents. Our prayers are that you stay connected to each other as your parents taught you. Our sincere condolences to you and your family.
Judy and Jimmy Padgett
Jimmy and I send out our love to Steve’s family. We know they are going to miss him, but he and Elaine are with each other again enjoying life with our Lord. We were so blessed to get to know this sweet quite man. Love you all, Judy and Jimmy
Robert and Jenny Curl
Steve was always great to be around. He was very knowledgeable about life in general. He loved be around his children, grandchildren and extended family. He will be missed.
Stephen Sylvester Kmiecik, Jr.
Stephen Sylvester Kmiecik, Jr., 80, passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021 after a short illness. Steve was born in Northampton, MA. He was the oldest child of the late Stephen Sylvester Kmiecik and Mary Morin Kmiecik.
Steve grew up in Palmer, MA and graduated from Palmer High School. After high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served honorably from Dec. 1956 until retirement on Mar. 1983 as a Master Gunnery Sergeant (Oorah). Tours of duty as a Marine included MCAS Cherry Point, where he met and married the love of his life, Alice Elaine Sands, MCAS Beaufort (twice), MCAS Yuma (twice), MCRD Parris Island (twice), recruiting duty in Springfield, MA, and two tours in Vietnam. He was very proud to be able to serve as Aircrew Crash Fire and Rescue, a Drill Instructor and Chief Drill Instructor. After retiring from the Marines, he started his second career with Eagle Fire Inc as a Senior Fire Safety Inspector. He worked 25 years with them before retiring in 2008 and moving to Lake Panasoffkee, FL. During retirement he enjoyed going to the local college baseball games, attending the annual Marine Corp Crash Crew reunions and USMC East Coast Drill Instructors Association reunions.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Mary, his wife “Elaine”, his brother Bobby and sister Mary. He leaves behind sons; Stephen, III (Karen), Johnathon (Kathy), and Frederick (Pam), grandchildren; Ryan, Kimberly, Craig, Jason, Travis, Christopher, Kylea and Rachel Kmiecik, two great grandchildren; Ryder and Teegan Kmiecik-Menard and sister Shirley Aubuchon.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. www.Michaeljfox.org
A memorial service will be held at Jacksonville National Cemetery on October 22, 2021 at 11:30 am, 4083 Lannie Rd, Jacksonville, FL.